Unconventional Leadership

God works in mysterious ways. Take a look through the Bible; to say He works unconventionally is an understatement. He typically chooses to work through people who are either stubborn, uncooperative, completely unqualified, or a mix of all the above. Yet these are His prime pick for leaders.

So why does God choose to work with people who the world would deem a poor choice? The apostle Paul had an interesting thought on this subject. He said that God told him, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So he told the church in Corinth, “Now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me!”

Can I just say that I don’t really feel comfortable doing that? Yeah, I know it’s best to do what Paul says and let Christ work in our weaknesses, but to be honest, I don’t really want Him to. I mean, He gave me gifts and talents, so why doesn’t He just use those? I’ll be glad to “boast” and say that these gifts are all from God, and may all praise and glory be to Him! That seems far more comfortable than boasting about my weaknesses.

But where would the glory be in that? I guess it would be far more amazing to see someone be radically changed, only by the grace and power of Jesus the Christ…

…to see Moses, a man with a speech impediment, standing in front of the Pharaoh, one of the most powerful men at the time, telling him to free his people…

…to see Gideon, a young man called to save Israel from oppressors, even though his clan was the weakest, and he was the least in his family…

…to see David, a young shepherd boy, help his nation to win a war by killing a giant…

…to see 12 men completely drop their careers and beliefs to follow one man and, through His power and Spirit, change the world…

I still don’t completely understand why God would use stubborn, uncooperative, incompetent people, but I’m not going to argue with Him. He’s given me plenty of examples that tell me His way is the best way. Now it’s time for me to get off my butt, stop asking “Why?” and start asking “How?”

I believe God is calling this generation to revive His church. I’m encouraging my friends to join me in asking not the question “why,” but “how.”


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